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Diane Wester 
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Re: “Musician Eric Maier Reflects on His Vandalism Crime and the Album It Inspired

I pretty much agree with everything everyone says above. Yes, the vandal is a privileged white boy who escaped punishment - he should at least pay the deductible for the insurance claim. Yes, the mural committee was definitely not inclusive, insensitive - as persons who have grown up completely surrounded by people who look like them have been shown to be. Yes, the poor artist did what he was told and was paid well for two years of his work life (thank God we have at least a modicum of public dollars being spent for art in public places). And yes, deferred maintenance (the City not applying the protective varnish) is always disaster. The Abenaki ABSOLUTELY should be included in the mural. Full Stop. But if the mural is meant to represent the past 400 years of the Champlain area - well - isn't that when 70% of the Abenaki were wiped out by European disease? That would be difficult to paint. Also - can we talk about the eugenics of the 20's and 30's? No? Can't exactly provide a mural vignette of doctor sterilizing the "genetically inferior". Ah well - I really do love a parade. I wish the mural could be left where it is - with APPROVED changes. Include minorities in the decision making process.

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Posted by Diane Wester on 10/29/2019 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Restaurant at Vermont Country Store Gets a Redesign

So sorry to see the Bryant House menu go. Going out for a meal (to me) means sitting down and being waited on, and ordering something I do not make at home (like pot pie, not like a burger)

I continue not to understand why people choose to go to a historic place and demand nothing less than MacDonald's type speed. I understood when the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge MA built a brand new inn next door with contemporary decor to appeal to those type of people, but I failed to understand why, when renovating the bathrooms at the original, historic inn, they chose to install showers only, no bathtubs. If you're going to an Inn that's over 100 years old, and provides wonderful rose-scented bath salts, why not luxuriate in a bath rather than rinse off in a shower they way you do before going to work every day?

I applauded when the Vermont Country Store took over Country Curtains from the Red Lion - because something is better than nothing - but visiting the shops - browsing and taking the time to feel the fabrics, absorb the vignettes was just. the. best. And, I always bought more than I meant to in a retail setting rather than I do on line. Same goes for the Country Store. I could just live there. I have to look at, and hold, every item. The only time I order on line is to reorder something I've purchased there in person, and have enjoyed so much I need more. And, there is so much more at the store that is not offered on line or in the catalogs. I'll be back soon (just trying to avoid the crowds of leaf peepers) to do some Christmas shopping.

Posted by Diane Wester on 10/28/2019 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Data Dive: Vermont Has the Nation's Highest Lyme Disease Rate. Where Does Your County Rank?

I pulled a tick off me on a Sunday, (PCP was closed of course) went to Fanny Allen who would not treat me with prophylactic antibiotics because according to their guidelines I couldn't prove the tick had been attached 12 hours. Also, the true Lyme doctors recommend two weeks of antibiotics, and the last time I got a tick attached my doc gave me two tablets. Educate yourself concerning testing and treatment. And do all the prevention stuff too.

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Posted by Diane Wester on 08/06/2019 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Healthy Living Plans Yet Another New Store, in Williston

Why didn't the author mention Vermont Meat and Seafood on Rte 2 next to Rite Aid? (I forget the name of the strip mall.) It's in the same complex where the Chef's Corner is relocated. The brothers from the Net Result own the shop - their meat and seafood are absolutely superior. Besides the fact that we always get all our fresh fish there -we special order from them all the time for family events. They are always ready to meet your needs, and are very nice.

Although I'm happy to have Wealthy Living as an additional resource in the area - I must say I've NEVER eaten one single thing at the cafe or bakery that is good. Not. A. Single. Thing. Believe me, I love to eat, and I've tried hard to like something - especially from the bakery. Conversely, the folks at City Market REALLY know how to cook, especially Indian selections. They mostly import in their desserts, but their two pieces of loaf cake for $1.99 is the best deal in town. My favorites are apple apricot and lemon poppyseed.

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Posted by Diane Wester on 02/21/2019 at 7:29 AM

Re: “New Chef at Hatchet Tap and Table Is a Cut Above

Hatchet still has the decor, atmosphere, and noise of a bar. It's not really like going for a night out. I feel the same way about the casual atmosphere of Monday night dinner at Sweet Simone's (love breakfast and lunch there) and One RaDish (same). I'm still in mourning for Toscano and Sonoma Station. Good news is that I'm over the loss of the Bridge St. Cafe. I've grown accustomed to never paying less than $12 for a burger in Richmond... (and, making my own pancakes...and chili).

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Posted by Diane Wester on 01/31/2018 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Burlington Town Center Project Gets the Green Light

At least the building isn't as disgustingly ugly as was first proposed. It's merely moderately, unimaginatively ugly. If the City is truly giving Sinex incentivizing tax credits, why not find some money, cut some deal, so that the small businesses affected by the construction will get a stipend for the losses they will incur through no fault of their own. I know these businesses must be paying a premium for the Church Street address. SMALL, LOCAL businesses only - not the chain stores that can spread the loss through their megacorporations.

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Posted by Diane Wester on 03/14/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “House Education Bill Proposes Larger School Districts

Adjustments to the current system are necessary - true. However, I do not believe your assertion of 9/1 ratio is correct. Even if the ratio is 11/1 or 13/1 - understand this includes many more (occasionally state or federally mandated) highly trained professionals helping the student than just the single classroom teacher alone. But whether there are 25 or 11 students in a classroom, the heating bill knows no difference. Revenue is distributed to the school district based on the average number of pupils who attend on a daily basis. BUDGETS ( not expenditures) have some leeway in allowing for the numbers of students to fluctuate. All teacher/administrator/support staff pay is negotiated every year by your duly elected school board members with the NEA. Attend meetings and volunteer to be on a committee if you want change. Vermont has some of the highest achieving students in the country, and indeed, in the world.

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Posted by Diane Wester on 02/08/2015 at 2:47 PM

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